There were a lot of reasons that Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther dominated the world earlier this year, and one of those reasons goes by the name Shuri. Leticia Wright’s performance as the character a sarcastic genius sister to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther left many leaving the theater wanting more of the character.
Avengers: Infinity War scratched that itch for film audiences, and now the same will be done for comics audiences.
That’s right, Shuri is getting her very own comic book series in October from Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor and Hawkeye Leonardo Romero, according to Bustle. This series will find Shuri dealing with the fact that her brother T’Challa has been lost on a mission in space (taking place in the Black Panther series) and Wakandans are left wondering who will take his place as Shuri is faced with having to step up once more to take care of the country.
Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.
“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more,” Okorafor tells Bustle via email. “She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.”
An award-winning Nigerian-American writer, Okorafor is no stranger to the world of comics as she worked previously on the Black Panther: Long Live the King series with Black Panther writer Te-Nehasi Coates and the current Wakanda Forever series that follows the Dora Milaje on an adventure across the Marvel Universe teaming them up with big Marvel heroes.
This is not the first time that Shuri has headlined a book at Marvel, just the first time it bears her name, as in the mid to late 2000s she was the one to bear the mantle of Black Panther and was the main focus of a couple of series before eventually turning the mantle back over to her brother before perishing (briefly) in the lead-up to 2015’s Secret Wars.
Shuri arrives in October.